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Religion can be thought of as many things Many people have different definitions for it Some think of it as a way of life or a belief in something or someone A very popular definition for it comes to us from the Microsoft Encarta Dictionary which defines religion as peoples beliefs and opinions concerning the existence nature and worship of a deity or deities and divine involvement in the universe and human life If we use the Encarta definition does Buddhism classify as a religion Do Buddhist monks even think of Buddhism as a religion or just a way of life To answer these questions one would have to ask more questions Is Buddhism related to another religion Do its followers belive the same thing Many aspects of Buddhism consist of at least a little bit of Hindu influence Some of these influences are very obvious others very subtle One main Hindu element that can still be seen in Buddhism today is the idea of ahimsa or no harm We see this in the movie when the Tibetans do not want to harm the worms they find while digging the soil to build the movie house This shows two aspects of Hindu culture The first being their belief in reincarnation Both Hindus and Buddhists believe that when a person dies they keep coming back in this life until they reach the ultimate human goal In Hinduism it is called Moksha and in Buddhism it is called Nirvana This scene also shows us that the Hindus and Buddhist do not promote violence against living creatures because they may have been loved ones in past lives This is another great similarity between the two religions because although the Buddha did not believe in a person having a soul he did believe that until a person reached nirvana they kept coming back to this earth These people could come back as animals and out
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